Serving and side dish ideas for hummus



Hummus is a delicious and versatile dip (and spread) made of chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon. It can be smooth and silky or thicker and chunky. Great for lunch or dinner, it’s easy to dress up or down. You can buy a remarkable number of flavors of hummus at the store, or make it yourself. It’s an easy dish to make at home and requires nothing more than a blender or food processor.

There are a great number of possibilities when thinking of what to serve alongside hummus. The options for items to dip in hummus range from the traditional pita bread to something new like a bagel or sweet potato chip. Grilled vegetables and grilled halloumi, alongside dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and pickled turnips make a delightful dinner. Make a quick and healthy lunch by packing crisp veggies like cucumber, snap peas, radishes, and carrot sticks together with the hummus.

A great way to up your hummus game is to adorn it with toppings. Chopped grilled steak or sauteed ground meat such as lamb or beef cooked in spices will make a delish meal. Not eating meat, no problem roast some peppers and chickpeas for an easy but tasty vegetarian option. If you’re not looking to make a meal out of the hummus keep it simple with a sprinkle of za’atar, a savory spice mix. Or if you don’t have that a quick drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of paprika and you’re ready to go.

Serve hummus with…

Something with Veggies

carrot sticks
pepper strips
cherry tomatoes
snap peas
grilled zucchini
grilled eggplant
grilled peppers
roasted cherry tomatoes
grilled artichokes
tempura vegetables

Something with Protein

grilled fish
roasted or grilled salmon
grilled shrimp
grilled lamb
crab cakes
burnt ends (for dipping)
fried fish
roasted chicken
hard-boiled eggs

Something Starchy

pita bread
pita chips
roasted sweet potato
wholegrain chips
naan bread
grilled bread
bagel chips
savoury oats
rice crackers
bread sticks
sweet potato chips
couscous salad

Topping Ideas

marinated tomatoes
olive oil
roasted chickpeas
chopped roasted peppers
roasted garlic
sautéed ground meat
pine nuts
chopped/sliced steak
fresh herbs
grilled chopped zucchini
caramelized onions
grilled lemon
chopped avocado
roasted cauliflower
roasted squash
green onions
marinated gigantes beans
stewed fava beans
chopped olives
grilled chopped leeks

Something Else

cubes of feta
grilled halloumi
grilled vegetable sandwich
steak sandwich
stuffed peppers
apple slices
pickled turnips

Uses for Leftovers

marinade for chicken or fish
swap for mayo in a sandwich
make a vinaigrette
swap for cream sauce
put in a rice bowl
mix in scrambled eggs
topping for sweet potato toast
stir into soup
mix into a bloody mary
schmear on a burger
swap for pizza sauce
mix into mashed potatoes
use in a wrap
roll up with cucumber
roll up with grilled zucchini
avocado & hummus quesadilla
add to pasta

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